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South Carolina Football: Gamecocks' Top 5 Recruiting Targets

Charles BennettContributor IJanuary 20, 2014

South Carolina Football: Gamecocks' Top 5 Recruiting Targets

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    Steve Spurrier's hoping a third consecutive 11-2 season and bowl victory will pay off in recruiting.
    Steve Spurrier's hoping a third consecutive 11-2 season and bowl victory will pay off in recruiting.John Raoux/Associated Press

    With recruiting season winding down, South Carolina's recruiting class is all but complete.

    However, the Gamecocks have a few scholarships left to give, and if they can land their final top targets by the Feb. 5 signing day, it should vault South Carolina's class from a good one to a great one.

    Here are five players who have yet to commit and are high on the Gamecocks' wish list.

    All but running back Derrell Scott visited South Carolina over the Jan. 17-18 recruiting weekend, which was the final big push for the Gamecocks.

     

     

     

5-Star Offensive Tackle Damian Prince

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    The Gamecocks still have a chance to sign five-star offensive lineman Damian Prince.
    The Gamecocks still have a chance to sign five-star offensive lineman Damian Prince.247Sports

    Damian Prince is the only 5-star recruit still considering the Gamecocks, and he visited South Carolina during the much-ballyhooed Jan. 17-18 recruiting weekend, according to 247Sports.

    Prince will likely choose between South Carolina, Maryland and Florida.

    Although South Carolina returns four of five starters on the offensive line, which includes both tackles, Prince is good enough to crack the starting lineup as a freshman.

    Quarterbacks coach G.A. Mangus has been the primary recruiter of Prince and the two have developed a comfortable rapport.

    It was considered somewhat of a negative that Prince's parents didn't accompany him on the visit but members of South Carolina's coaching staff are scheduled for an in-home visit with the Prince family.

     

     

     

     

4-Star Cornerback Chris Lammons

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    Cornerback Chris Lammons will choose between the Gamecocks and Wisconsin.
    Cornerback Chris Lammons will choose between the Gamecocks and Wisconsin.247Sports

    Chris Lammons also was part of the Gamecocks' big recruiting weekend Jan. 17-18. He has finished with his visits and has it down to South Carolina or Wisconsin.

    A 4-star recruit, Lammons would be a huge pickup for the Gamecocks at a position of need.

    South Carolina loses both starting cornerbacks from last year's team, and Lammons is talented enough to possibly earn a starting role.

    At worst, he should have an immediate impact as a backup at corner and a regular on special teams.

     

     

4-Star Cornerback Wesley Green

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    Wesley Green could provide immediate help for the Gamecocks at cornerback.
    Wesley Green could provide immediate help for the Gamecocks at cornerback.247Sports

    Wesley Green is another cornerback with the skills and the opportunity to play right away for the Gamecocks.

    Green is also considering Georgia and still has a visit remaining with the Bulldogs.

    According to 247Sports, his visit to South Carolina went very favorably and he is definitely leaning toward the Gamecocks.

    In addition, the defensive staff turnover at Georgia is likely to work to the Gamecocks' advantage. Green has developed a solid relationship with secondary coach Grady Brown and defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward.

    At this stage, South Carolina is highly unlikely to experience any staff turnover. which should strengthen the Gamecocks' position with Green.

     

     

     

4-Star Defensive Tackle Dexter Wideman

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    Defensive tackle Dexter Wideman is committed to Florida State, but still considering the Gamecocks.
    Defensive tackle Dexter Wideman is committed to Florida State, but still considering the Gamecocks.247Sports

    Dexter Wideman, a native of Saluda, S.C., has been a Florida State commitment for a while now, but he was still a part of the Gamecocks' big recruiting weekend Jan. 17-18.

    Rumors that Wideman was going to switch his allegiance to the Gamecocks have been rampant for some time now, but he still has to make an official visit to FSU, where the Seminoles will make a strong push to keep him in the fold.

    Although he's a highly regarded recruit and coming in at a position of need, Wideman may need a year in the weight room to be SEC-ready.

    Either way, South Carolina is committed to shutting down big-time, out-of-state programs from poaching in-state talent, and Wideman would be a coup.

    If the Gamecocks can take one away from the national champions, it will go a long way toward cementing this as a great recruiting class for the Gamecocks.

     

     

     

4-Star Running Back Derrell Scott

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    Derrell Scott is the only running back the Gamecocks targeted in this year's class.
    Derrell Scott is the only running back the Gamecocks targeted in this year's class.247Sports

    Running back Derrell Scott has narrowed his choices to South Carolina and Tennessee, and he'll receive in-home visits from coaches from both schools this week.

    Scott is a former high school teammate of current Gamecock receiver Pharoh Cooper, although it is uncertain how much influence Cooper has been able to have.

    Apparently, Scott wants immediate playing time and is concerned about the depth ahead of him at running back at South Carolina, which includes a 1,000-yard rusher in Mike Davis.

    One thing in the Gamecocks' favor is that Scott has been the only running back targeted for this year's recruiting class, while Tennessee is chasing commitments from multiple running backs.

    If the Gamecocks can ease Scott's concerns, chances are very good that he will wind up with the Gamecocks.

    All recruiting rankings, photos and information courtesy of 247Sports.

     

     

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